Grifton residents ask for changes at deadly intersection

GRIFTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Wednesday evening Juliet Lee was pulling onto NC 11 out of the Kash and Karry with her son, when the accident happened.

The 62- year-old died.

The other driver, Graham Williams is working with police during the investigation.

Locals said this isn’t the first time major accidents have happened here.

Two major accidents. 1 year apart, at the same intersection.

And other minor crashes are common at the spot.

William Bryan works at the Kash and Karry off highway 11 North next to the intersection of Hanrahan road.

“It’s not a game anymore, it’s serious, it’s a dangerous intersection,” said Bryan.

Last year Pitt County emergency crews had to airlift a man from an accident when a 18-wheeler crashed into a 15-passenger van.

Just a year later, a woman is dead after a crash at the same site.

Bryan said enough is enough. “It’s deadly, you need stop lights here.”

“People around here know that intersection more than the people that don’t live around here don’t know how to take that intersection,” he added.

It is not your ordinary crossing.

“You go across and if you’re going to make a turn you get in the stopping lane right there in the medium, Bryan explained. “But people don’t know about that.”

Residents like Derrick Jones said speed also is a factor.

“You doing 70 coming this way you do not know about this store and intersection till it’s too late.”

9 On Your side asked how many wrecks he thinks he has seen. I done seen maybe a hundred, a hundred,” Jones responded.

Jones said it’s time the department of transportation makes adjustments. “A speed limit sign, reduce your speed and a caution light to make sure you reduce it.”

Before it’s too late.

“I had some friends of mine at the same intersection you been injured…and it could have saved a lot of lives,” said Jones.

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